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Arkansas Football Recruit Pens a Poem

By Harriet Staff

See this article about a "sonnet" new Arkansas Razorback linebacker recruit Vin Ascolese penned for his team. The poem is called "The Razorback" and you can read it in its entirety here, via Arkansas Expats.

Here's a bit from their write-up:

It's not unusual for a freshly signed high school recruit to be pumped up about his new school, but the enthusiasm Parade All-American linebacker Vin Ascolese is showing for Arkansas is on another level. He's already a fan favorite even though he hasn't so much as gone through a practice yet. His brazen tweets provide top notch message board fodder, usually with fans praising his true Razorback spirit. Area cougars are fawning over him. He's on pace to have the Ozark moonshiners name a batch after him, which I imagine is like having a Broadway theatre named after you if you're a playwright.

But all this was before Friday, when Ascolese unveiled his sonnet via twitter, titled simply, perfectly, "The Razorback".

This will be taught in English lit classes throughout Arkansas for years to come. This sonnet is filled with metaphors "a Razorback is a warrior", imagery "balls of steel", and hyperbole "ending the competitions life on the field". He even acknowledges that a Razorback can be a man or woman, showing his 21st century cultural awareness.

More after the jump.

Originally Published: June 12th, 2012
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